Checks to the Bucket List….

Bucket Lists are like fingerprints, we all have them.  And like fingerprints, there are probably no two alike.

Over the past few years I have been checking off a few of the items on my list.

I went sky diving.

I rode a quarter-mile zip line over a deep ravine between a mountain range.

I wanted to hold political office and thanks to the people of Lake Park, Florida, I had that opportunity.

Believe it or not, I have even run a half marathon.

This summer, I am seeing a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.

I have many more items to check off my list, but this weekend I marked off one of my biggies.

Since I was a child I have been a fan of figure skating, I don’t know why, I just love it.

I remember where I was when Dorothy Hamill won her gold.  I remember Linda Fratianne, Katarina Witt, Debbie Thomas and every other woman to win a national, world or Olympic title.

I cheered when Scott Hamilton leapt to Olympic Gold and cried when he was diagnosed with cancer.  I wanted to be Brian Boitano, he was my hero during the Calgary Battle of the Brians.

Paul Wylie and Michelle Kwan made my heart soar.

Yes, ice skating has been a passion for many years.

Back in the summer I decided to check off another item on my list…….  I purchased tickets to the United States Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City, Missouri.

After months of anticipation, I arrived in town on Friday and have been in skater mecca all weekend.

Just approaching the arena gave me a rush of adrenaline and when I first saw the ice, I have to admit, I got a bit of a lump in my throat.


Over a weekend of skating, I have seen the joys of victory, the fall of champions, the determination of finely tuned athletes and the free-spirited abandon of kids who had nothing to lose and everything to gain.

My trip to Kansas City has been a success.

When you are sitting in the same seats all weekend around the same group of people, you get to know them and their stories.

I met a lady who lives 50 miles from my house, she was there fulfilling her bucket list too.  There was the couple who go to the US Championships every year, their bucket list is to see an Olympic final.

Many of my skating idols of the past were at the Championships and it was fun to see them.  I met present day coaches and skaters and I made some new friends.

I’m glad I checked this item off the list, the next time I go to the Championships, it won’t be Bucket List, it will just be continued love!

I still need to see the sunrise over the Grand Canyon, write and see published the novel,  I want to do my Alaskan Cruise sooner rather than later, I want to cheer on competitors at the IRONMAN World Championships in Hawaii and swim the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.

My list grows constantly and I enjoy striking items off the list.  One of the things I have learned in life is, it is too short not to dream and strive to make those dreams come true, I’ll keep doing just that!

Life’s Playlist….. Kansas City performed by Muddy Waters

Tuesday 10 – Lesley Carter, Bucket List Publications


There are a lot of bloggers out there.  There are a lot of really good bloggers out there….. one of my favorites is Lesley Carter, author of Bucket List Publications.

When I first started paying attention to blogs, one of the first that captured my attention was Bucket List, I am still inspired by the blog every time I see a new post.

I am so in awe of Lesley for finding a way to make her dreams come true and get paid for it, I think that is one of the most valuable things one can find in life and I respect her for making that happen for herself.

Lesley’s blog continuously makes me want to add to my own Bucket List and expands my dreams for life.  I encourage you to check out the site and let the passions of a dreamer capture you as well.

Thank you Lesley for taking part in the Tuesday 10 and thank you for the continued inspiration!

Tuesday 10 – Lesley Carter


1)Excluding family members, who inspires you? Other bucket list seekers and travel bloggers are a huge inspiration. Steven Conklin of The Extreme Bucket List is inspiring and Matthew Karsten of Expert Vagabond is a great inspiration as well.
2)What is your guilty pleasure? McDonald’s! I’m a closet McDonald’s lover and I’d eat it 7 days a week if it wouldn’t kill me.
3)If you were to write a book, who is one person you would want to list in the acknowledgements and what would you say? My husband. Thank you for the encouragement, direction, and support. You’re my dream world. We can achieve anything together… and we are.
4)What is your favorite sandwich? Turkey with leftovers from Thanksgiving.
5)What is the best professional advice you ever received? Do what makes you happy not what makes you money.
6)As a child, what was your favorite bedtime story? Anything that my mother made up.
7)Who is the first Presidential candidate you ever voted for? I’m a Canadian 😉
8)What is the one career achievement you are most proud of? Attending my first press trip to Fiji. That’s when I realized I could actually make a career out of blogging.
9)If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would you choose and why? Tony Stark – Ironman. He’s a hot genius with exceptional abilities. Imagine what you could learn in one day with him.
10)What is the best meal you ever ate? Pizza from The Wheel in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. Nothing compares! (I’m a cheap date.)!/LesleyMCarter

Friday’s Hero – 7.19.13; #TaliasBucketList

FRIDAY’STalia Joy Castellano died this week.  Thirteen years old, she died of cancer after living a life filled with joy, pain, honesty and pride.

I never met Talia, my connection to her was through Facebook, my friend Donatella Botolino and her son Denali, who also fought a valiant battle with cancer before his young life was cut short.

Talia made an impact on the world with her light in her 13 short years.  She used her love of make-up and fashion to overcome the ugliness of a cancer diagnosis.  Her infectious zest for living was captured through her YouTube videos eventually catching the attention of Ellen DeGeneres and CoverGirl.

Talia Joy Castellano died this week, but her spirit continues to move people even after earning her wings.

Just days before Talia passed away she posted her Bucket List.  A handwritten list of 76 items she would like to accomplish and some she was able to accomplish.


Talia never finished her bucket list, however those who were moved by her life are making sure each item is checked off,  in her memory.

Photos have been cropping up on the Talia Joy Facebook page since she passed with the Bucket List items completed.

Even in death Talia Joy inspires.  Her legacy of light and love will live on through those who took up the cause of a 13-year-old little girl, bringing the world together in tribute.

This week’s Friday’s Heroes are those who have helped to complete Talia’s Bucket List.

See the photos of Talia’s bucket list completions here, here, here, here and here.